"Few cowboys ever owned much. The primary reward of being a cowboy was the pleasure of living a cowboy's life."
The life of a cowboy was hard working with simple pleasures. The cowboys of the old west worked the land with their own hands. They had simple rules...
Cowboy Code of the West
-If it's not yours, don't take it.
-If it's not true, don't say it.
-If it's not right, don't do it.
-Cowboy's word is his sacred bond
-Bargains sealed with handshake are more binding than legal documents
-Demand square dealings
-Be proud of your occupation
-Lay down your life, if necessary, for the privilege of defending your outfit
-Grant quick assistance to friends and strangers in need
-Never tolerate cowards
-Endure hardships without complaining
-Don't make excuses
-Try to be better than the other fella
-Share anything you own with a fellow worker
-Be generous with your life and money
-Treat women like ladies
-Never shoot an un-armed or un-warned man
-Stealing and rustling are evil wrong doing
The cowboy code of the west meant that in the Old West a contract was sealed by a handshake. A cowboys word meant something. Good character was a valued commodity. A cowboy's reputation followed him from town to town. The code of the west helped the cowboys to know that when a wrong was done to someone there were consequences. That people who did not follow the code were probably not of good character.
Hence why there were not that many laws in the old west...... (like today!!). Cowboys and ranchers knew from the code what right and wrong were. It was wrong to steal a horse. Breaking into a man’s cabin and assaulting his daughter was wrong period, no excuses!
Today, our world is missing these basic of common sense "laws". I know today's world is much different from the world of the old west- but the values and common sense of the code of the west need to be apart of all our lives today.
There are many cowboy and cowgirl's who live by this code today........
Myself and my company, Buckaroo Leather, started over 35 years ago stand by and live the Code of the West. I strive to keep the spirit of the old west and the code alive today, evident in our Buckaroo Leather Creed....
The greatest asset a business can have is its reputation in fair dealing. This achievement can come only by exact adherence to definite principles of business conduct, which assure future relationships with its customers. Since the inception of Buckaroo Leather in 1979 we have remained steadfast in our belief.
Buckaroo Leather Creed
- That a business succeeds only as it continues its endeavors to render better service.
- That our business is to furnish merchandise to meet and exceed the requirements of our customers at a fair value.
- That no transaction is complete until our customers are satisfied with the quality and the price of the goods and service rendered.
- That retaining the business of an old customer is of as much importance as obtaining the business of a new customer.
- That strict adherence to these principles will assure the continued growth of our business through the maintenance of mutual confidence with our many customers.
I encourage all you cowboys and cowgirls to do the same..........Ride American!!!!!!
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